Our story on the problem with fees that developers pay to create parks seems to have made a difference. The old law said that fees collected from developers had to be used near the development. But that resulted in affluent areas having more and nicer parks, and poor areas that have little development becoming "park poor."
But now Governor Brown has signed a new law, AB 1359. It gives city officials the flexibility to use developer fees wherever they are needed. So now there will be more funds available to create and improve parks for people in low-income neighborhoods who are in greater need of places to play and exercise.